Almaty (Alma-Ata), formerly (1855-1921) Verny, situated in the southeastern part of Kazakhstan at the foot of Zailiski Ala-Tau mountain system at an elevation of 2,300-3,000 feet (700-900 m). Almaty is called a garden city. Almaty city has 80 sq.m. of green plantations for each of its million-odd residents. It was known that 130 years ago all the buildings in Verny city were built from stone.
However, after the earthquake of 1887 most of buildings destroyed. Due to this fact, was ordered to build not higher than 2-story buildings with a large distance between them.In Soviet time, the city of Verny takes on a new name – Alma-Ata and becomes the capital of the Kazakh SSR. During this period, a large number of theaters, museums and apartment houses were built. These apartment houses are called “Khrushchevka” and “Stalinka” due to the peculiarities of architectural solutions in their construction.During the historical Almaty tour you will see the different periods of becoming modern
Almaty and feel the spirit of history and modernity which is in the air of it. Also you can visit the mountains which are sometimes called as the second Switzerland.